ASP, CGI and PHP Scripts and Record-Locking: What Every Webmaster Needs To Know - Now, let's summarize...
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Now, let's summarize:
1. Scripts that store data in files need to use file-locking
to avoid data-corruption, and they also need to break the data
into separately update able chunks to avoid performance problems
on busy web sites.
2. Scripts that store data in databases (like MySQL), provided
of course that they have been properly coded, are usually less
likely to suffer from data-corruption or performance problems.
And one additional point:
3. Even the best script is not immune to hard-disk hardware
failures, your web host being struck by lightning, and all the
other snafus that can happen. So, do take regular back-ups of any
data that you can't afford to lose!
In short, even if you're not a script programmer, you need to be
aware of data storage issues. In future, when considering a
script for your web site, don't be afraid to ask some hard
questions about how it stores data and how well it handles multiple
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